Cooper Kupp Deserves Megadeal, Even If He Doesn’t Want One

    • Rams receiver's $14.9 million yearly salary has dropped to 16th among NFL receivers — and 84th overall. 
    • He led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947), and touchdowns (16) in 2021 -- and was MVP of the Super Bowl.

After one of the most spectacular seasons by a receiver in NFL history, Cooper Kupp could demand a record-breaking contract extension — a prospect that doesn’t interest him.

On Tuesday, the Rams wideout told reporters, “I don’t think that’s really kind of the approach that I take … I’m not trying to beat anybody.”

Los Angeles has expressed a desire to extend Kupp, who has two years remaining on 2020’s three-year, $43.3 million contract ($15.8M AAV). With the receiver market exploding this offseason, Kupp has every right to demand a top-draw salary.

  • Tyreek Hill, Dolphins: 4 YRs, $120M ($30M average salary)
  • Davante Adams, Raiders: 5 YRs, $141.5M ($28M)
  • Stefon Diggs, Bills: 4 YRs, $96M ($24M)
  • Mike Williams, Chargers: 3 YRs, $60M ($20M)
  • Chris Godwin, Buccaneers: 3 YRs, $60M ($20M)

Kupp’s $14.9 million yearly salary has dropped to 16th among NFL receivers — and 84th overall

But the 28-year-old led the NFL in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947), and touchdowns (16) in 2021 — the NFL’s first “triple crown” since 2005. He followed up by catching eight passes for 92 yards and two TDs as Super Bowl MVP.

Considering his relatively modest demands against his extraordinary performance, the Rams should lock him in before he changes his mind.

Kupp has the best odds (+800) to be named Offensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season.